RETAILER Marks and Spencer has announced its new ‘Simply Food’ store on Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road will be its greenest in the UK.
The new 12,400 sq ft outlet and cafe is under construction and is set to open next month, creating 50 jobs.
It will sell ready meals, fresh produce, sandwiches, salads and snacks - plus wine and champagne.
The store is set to achieve an environmental rating of ‘Excellent’.
Eenvironmentally-friendly features of its design and construction include the fact 100 per cent of construction waste produced has been recycled.
Its bricks have been reclaimed from an old mill, the toilets use harvested rainwater, heat from refrigeration units will keep the store warm, and highly-efficient LED lights, plus sun pipes in the ceiling will bring more daylight to the shop floor.
The building features a sedum roof and green ‘living wall’ to create wildlife habitats. They will also insulate the building and act as a pollution filter.
There are bird boxes, electric car charging points in the car park, and LED screens in store giving customers real-time local transport information to make it easier for them to catch the bus.
Trolley and cycle shelters, in the car park, will be from sustainably-sourced wood and have a green sedum roof.
Clem Constantine, director of property and store development at Marks and Spencer said: “This store represents a big milestone in our sustainable construction programme as we are installing a host of unique technologies and features.”
The store will be an example to others within the company on how environmental improvements can be made.